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High blood pressure treatments: Taking tablets
Q. My blood pressure has dropped to a normal level, can I stop taking my medicines?
A. Congratulations! It's great news that your blood pressure is now under control. You are now at a much lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke in the future. But you musn't stop taking your blood pressure medications.
Unfortunately if you stop taking your medicines, your blood pressure will start to rise again and will soon be as high as it was before you started taking your medicines (if not higher). This increase in blood pressure will increase your risk of developing strokes or heart attacks in the future once again. Lowering your blood pressure and keeping it under control is a lifelong goal.